SROEStanding Rules of Engagement (US DoD)
SROESatellite Read Out Equipment
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The SROE "provide implementation guidance on the inherent right of self-defense and the application of force for mission accomplishment [and] are designed to provide a common template for development and implementation of ROE for the full range of operations, from peace to war." (27) The SROE define individual and unit self-defense, distinguish between the use of force in self-defense and in furtherance of the mission, and provide guidance for understanding the concepts of hostile force, hostile act, and hostile intent.
The 2000 SROE, for example, state: "The exercise of the right and obligation of national self defense by competent authority is separate from and in no way limits the commander's right and obligation to exercise unit self-defense." (34) The San Remo Handbook on Rules of Engagement, which was drafted by experts from several military powers, also recognizes the distinction between unit and national self-defense.
Forces, establishes Secretary of Defense-approved SROE implementing the inherent right of self-defense and providing guidance for the application of force for mission accomplishment.
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While the practical effect of this conflation may be de minimis in combat operations where the LOAC, including the DPH rule, would justify the vast majority of engagements, the potential for this overbroad interpretation and application of self-defense authorities to bleed over to noncombat operations is all too real and calls for a recalibration of the use-of-force construct in the SROE.
One such area is the Rules of Engagement (ROE), (4) specifically the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE) regarding self-defense.
(313) A pre-defined set of ROE, called the Standing ROE (SROE), applies to military attacks against the U.S.
"The purpose of these SROE is to provide implementation guidance on the application of force for mission accomplishment and the exercise of the inherent right and obligation of self-defense." (10) So begins the unclassified Enclosure A to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Instruction 3121.01A and yet, this purpose is not being served.
Standing Rules of Engagement (SROE) (22) defines "imminent," "hostile act" and "hostile intent" differently from the way many other nations do.